Rep. Seaton’s June 13th Newsletter – Special Session

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 22nd day of the 4th special session of the 29th Legislature. We have a week left in this 30-day session called by the governor. Although time delays in the movement of legislation are usual, the budget which passed on May 31 has not yet been transmitted to the governor for possible vetoes [the governor has the authority to veto individual line items but still sign the budget as a whole, but not until the bill has officially been transmitted or sent to him- until then it is still in possession of the legislature]. The budget must be signed by July 1 to be in effect at the start of the new fiscal year.

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Rep. Seaton’s June 6th Newsletter – Special Session

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 15th day of the 4th special session of the 29th Legislature. Wow, we are still at it but at least we got the budgets passed in time to avoid the June 1 deadline by which public employee job layoff notices would have gone out. Starting today many legislators are losing housing due to Celebration – the long scheduled biennial Alaska Native dance and culture festival for southeast Alaska.

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Rep. Seaton’s May 30th Newsletter – Special Session

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 8th day of the 4th special session of the 29th Legislature. It is disappointing that little progress has been made on the important issues related to the budget and sustainable fiscal plan. It has generally been agreed that the oil and gas tax/credit bill needed to be resolved first because members are very reluctant to continue paying hundreds of millions of dollars out of the treasury to oil and gas companies while at the same time we would be asked to reduce the PFD by a similar amount to achieve a sustainable fiscal plan.

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Rep. Seaton’s May 23rd Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Homer at the end of the second regular session of the 29th legislature. The governor has called us back into special session in Juneau, beginning Monday. I have provided a wrap up of the session, notable legislation, and the budgets below. In Monday’s newsletter I will provide a summary of the bills the Governor has included in the special session agenda: Operating and Capital budgets, Alaska Permanent Fund bill, Oil/Gas Tax Credits, a tax bill to include an income tax, motor fuels, alcohol, fishery and tobacco; adoption of child in state custody, foster care, health insurance, and medical insurance for survivors of peace officers and firefighters. Click here for Governor’s Proclamation and list of bills.

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Rep. Seaton’s May 16th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau on this 119th legislative day. It’s back to rain again after a sunny weekend. This Wednesday is the last day of the constitutionally allowed 121 day session. A single 10-day extension is possible but I don’t know if there is the support needed for the two thirds vote required to extend the session another 10 days. Whether or not that vote occurs will depend on what happens in the next few days. Of course if we do not vote to extend, the governor or the legislature can always call a special session. However, the subjects would be set and would be introduced as new bills and the process would need to restart. The Governor has strongly expressed that he thinks Alaska needs a sustainable plan for dealing with the huge deficit and projected deficits at expected oil prices and is likely to call us back immediately if he feels we have not addressed enough of the big revenue items.

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Rep. Seaton’s May 9th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 112th day of the second session of the 29th legislature. We are still working in the 120 day session allowed by the constitution and I hope we will not get to a vote to enable the one 10-day extension also allowed by the constitution. My staff Jenny Martin is now back in the Homer office if anyone is looking to connect with us in person.

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